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[h/t Daily Kos]
Today John McCain introduced the Republican Grand Answer to President Obama's American Jobs Act -- the "Real American Jobs Act". I won't bore you with the details since you've heard it at every Republican debate and on every single so-called cable news channel already. Just assume it's a combination of the worst provisions of the Ryan plan and the Republican Contract on America, given that Rand Paul authored much of it.
But there was a little twist. Witness
Shadow President Senator John McCain's declaration that they will nullify the "supercongress" rather than abide by defense cuts after they quite nearly melted down our economy over a routine debt ceiling vote. These lunatics drove us right to the brink of madness and default for...nothing, because nothing is what they do!
Oh, and he also said they would play the Tit-for-Tat game, promising to introduce one of their provisions for every one of President Obama's provisions. You should read that as a solid promise to filibuster every single provision in President Obama's bill that might actually do something for people right now. Here's that clip:
Does John McCain seriously believe those people protesting in streets and parks across the country care even enough to play a tiny violin about the idea of Republicans introducing bills for tax cuts and regulations repeal to go one-on-one against President Obama's jobs bill, broken down? Really?
Here's some really straightforward, stark economic truth for Senator McCain and his merry band of fools: 63 percent of Americans approve of and wanted the Congress to pass President Obama's jobs bill.
This is because Americans need jobs now, not a bunch of posturing on Capitol Hill about how the Very Important Lawmakers Know What's Best For America. They understand that infrastructure spending, rehiring teachers and upgrading schools are all good things for this country and their communities. In case McCain and his cohorts are a little short on math skills, that's nearly two-thirds of voters in this country. Getting close to two-thirds of any group to agree on something usually means it's something Congress ought to be doing. By the way, on that math skills thing? Yes, John McCain is three zeroes away from remedial math class, since there aren't billions of jobs or billions of Americans, for that matter. But if there were billions and billions of Americans, two-thirds of those billions would still want President Obama's jobs plan.
Instead, we have the CrazyHouse proposing to cut Pell grants, worker protections, and job training programs while huffy puffy Senate Republicans play reverse Houdini and bloviate about how they're gonna match every provision of President Obama's broken-up bill sentence for sentence, guaranteeing complete and total gridlock in the Senate, as if there isn't enough of that already. Oh, and then there's the abortion bills. Let us never forget those. One a week, it seems, and this week is no exception.
Meanwhile, real people with real concerns don't get to appear in foreclosure court and tell the judge they're just waiting for the Congress to get its act together so they can pay the mortgage, or feed their kids, or even rent a place to live.
This is why people hate Congress. They rushed and put together a bailout bill for the big banks as a mostly bipartisan effort, and got it done, rammed down the throats of the American people, to borrow a favorite Republican epithet. Well, hoo-ray, the economy didn't completely implode, but they can't manage to actually get anything done that benefits people who get up and put one foot in front of the other every day with little prospect for getting ahead of their debt or getting a job, or even just managing to buy one little extra thing that would help stimulate the economy? Really? Here's another example of their do-nothingness: Marco Rubio introduced a bill Thursday guaranteed to kill 500,000 jobs. Not just guaranteed, but designed to do that. On purpose.
Count me in as one of the 88 percent who think Congress is completely useless, and let me zero in further and say I think the Republicans in Congress are useless along with a few Democrats who vote like Republicans. If we were not in desperate need of some actual action from these yahoos, we'd just hate them and move on, but that's not the case. People are barely hanging on by their ragged fingernails while these stiff shirts keep their pissing contest going. Enough.
Does anyone need more evidence that those folks occupying Wall Street, Boston, Los Angeles, and everywhere else actually have something to say and something to be angry about?